Crowson, Thomas lead Gators to win

Baker football

The Baker defense held Vernon to 22 yards rushing and less than 200 yards in total offense Friday night as the Gators beat the Yellow Jackets 42-20.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 02:59 AM.

VERNON – Baker’s one-two punch of Adam Crowson and D.J. Thomas teamed up for 274 yards rushing and five touchdowns as the Gators closed out the 2012 football season with an impressive 42-20 over Vernon.

Crowson led Baker with 155 yards rushing on 12 carries and had two touchdowns. Thomas led the way scoring with  three touchdowns and added 119 yards on the ground. Richard Stroheker, who picked up 48 yards rushing on five carries, scored the other Gator TD.

Thomas finished the season with 1,095 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. The good news for the Gator faithful is that Thomas is just a junior and will be back for the 2013 season.

The win improved Baker’s record to 6-4. This year’s winning record coupled with a 7-3 mark in 2011 gives the Gators their first back-to-back winning seasons since 2000-2001.

“These guys right here worked hard and had a great year, Baker coach Matt Brunson said. “I can’t say enough about this senior class that has been with me for two years now. The foundation they laid is going to have a lot to do with the success with have in the future.

“The future is very bright and we’ve great kids coming back and I’m proud of these guys and they finished strong. They understand you work hard and if you work long enough and hard enough good things will happen and tonight was an example of that.”

It took Baker just two possessions to establish the running game. Crowson made his only mistake of the night on the first Gator drive when he threw an interception on a third down and long play. But the Baker defense got the ball right back when Andrew Allen recovered a fumble for the second week in a row.

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